Images: #TBT Gallery looks back at December 1966

 
 
Posted12/14/2017 1:00 AM

It was a tumultuous period in the Chicago area in 1966. More than 500,000 troops were fighting in Vietnam and protests against the war were growing stronger with demonstrations in Chicago.

Some noteworthy events that took place in November 1966, Martin Luther King moved into a dilapidated apartment on the West Side of Chicago starting the Chicago Freedom Movement to fight against poverty with 45,000 showing up for a rally at Soldier Field.

Race riots occurred in Chicago and Waukegan that brought in the National Guard.

The Beatles hold a news conference at the Astor Tower Hotel in Chicago before a concert with guitarist John Lennon apologizing for making the remark "more popular than Jesus," saying, "I didn't mean it as a lousy anti-religious thing." This happened the day after their arrival in America for their final US tour.

In the suburbs, residents enjoyed the Christmas holidays, Hanukkah and winter wonderlands. In this #TBT Gallery, you will get a look back at some of these events from December 1966.

Santa Claus arrives at Rolling Meadows Shopping Center to greet children and listen to their wish lists.
  Santa Claus arrives at Rolling Meadows Shopping Center to greet children and listen to their wish lists.
Daily Herald file photo, Dec. 1966
Campfire Girls sing Christmas carols to entertain seniors at Magnus Farm in Arlington Heights.
  Campfire Girls sing Christmas carols to entertain seniors at Magnus Farm in Arlington Heights.
Daily Herald file photo, Dec. 1966
Campfire Girls hand out gifts after singing Christmas carols to entertain seniors at Magnus Farm in Arlington Heights.
  Campfire Girls hand out gifts after singing Christmas carols to entertain seniors at Magnus Farm in Arlington Heights.
Daily Herald file photo, Dec. 1966
Students decorates a Christmas tree during a play at Kilmer School in Buffalo Grove.
  Students decorates a Christmas tree during a play at Kilmer School in Buffalo Grove.
Daily Herald file photo, Dec. 1966
Students dress as the Three Wise Men during a Christmas concert at Lake Park High School in Roselle.
  Students dress as the Three Wise Men during a Christmas concert at Lake Park High School in Roselle.
Daily Herald file photo, Dec. 1966
Brownies put on ornaments as they decorate trees at Mount Prospect Library.
  Brownies put on ornaments as they decorate trees at Mount Prospect Library.
Daily Herald file photo, Dec. 1966
Two students check the weight of two rats as part of a science project at Parkside School in Roselle.
  Two students check the weight of two rats as part of a science project at Parkside School in Roselle.
Daily Herald file photo, Dec. 1966
Two rats wander around a scale as students check their weight as part of a science project at Parkside School in Roselle in December of 1966.
  Two rats wander around a scale as students check their weight as part of a science project at Parkside School in Roselle in December of 1966.
Daily Herald file photo, Dec. 1966
Santa Claus arrives in a hot-air balloon at Randhurst Mall in Mount Prospect.
  Santa Claus arrives in a hot-air balloon at Randhurst Mall in Mount Prospect.
Daily Herald file photo, Dec. 1966
Santa Claus is greeted by a large crowd as he arrived to meet children at Randhurst Mall in Mount Prospect.
  Santa Claus is greeted by a large crowd as he arrived to meet children at Randhurst Mall in Mount Prospect.
Daily Herald file photo, Dec. 1966
Students make toys at Itasca North School for children at Northwest Community Hospital.
  Students make toys at Itasca North School for children at Northwest Community Hospital.
Daily Herald file photo, Dec. 1966
Snowfall near a frozen lake makes for a beautiful winter scene in Busse Woods in Elk Grove Village.
  Snowfall near a frozen lake makes for a beautiful winter scene in Busse Woods in Elk Grove Village.
Daily Herald file photo, Dec. 1966
Santa Claus mingles with other women as he has his hair done at Duchess Beauty Salon in Rolling Meadows.
  Santa Claus mingles with other women as he has his hair done at Duchess Beauty Salon in Rolling Meadows.
Daily Herald file photo, Dec. 1966
Hanukkah candles are lit by a family in Hoffman Estates for the Jewish holidays.
  Hanukkah candles are lit by a family in Hoffman Estates for the Jewish holidays.
Daily Herald file photo, Dec. 1966
Police look at the remains of Country Skillet Restaurant after a fire at Route 53 and Hicks Road in Palatine.
  Police look at the remains of Country Skillet Restaurant after a fire at Route 53 and Hicks Road in Palatine.
Daily Herald file photo, Dec. 1966
Three young girls dress as angels as they perform during a concert at Evergreen School in Roselle.
  Three young girls dress as angels as they perform during a concert at Evergreen School in Roselle.
Daily Herald file photo, Dec. 1966
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